William J. Craft

Chair of the Board, AAC&U

President, Concordia College

William J. Craft began his service as president of Concordia College in 2011. Prior to his election as president, he served as the dean of Luther College and vice president for academic affairs, holding a faculty appointment as professor of English. His scholarly work on early modern poetry and prose includes a book on Philip Sidney, and his academic leadership has focused on curriculum reform, faculty development and workload, institutional diversity, and institutional planning. A past chair of the Wye Seminar Council, he serves on the executive committee for the Minnesota Private College Council and on various boards in the Red River Valley. He recently completed a four-year term as board chair for the international development agency, Lutheran World Relief/IMA World Health. He earned his doctorate in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has been a Fellow of the Newberry Library and the American Council on Education.